Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal Best Children's Picture Book (0-3)
Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal Best Cover
Follow Buddy the golden retriever as he gets lost in the woods and learns valuable life lessons from all the animals he encounters. Ultimately, he must "Believe" in himself in order to get home.
Buddy, A golden retriever puppy finds his way home in Glennon’s picture book.
Frightened by a thunderstorm, Buddy runs into the forest and discovers he’s lost. The pup encounters various animals and asks them for assistance; some are rude or ignore him, but others offer encouragement and advice, such as a moose who tells him to keep on the path and “go right when the path splits. Danger lies to the left.” When Buddy accidentally chooses the wrong path, he narrowly escapes a scary fox. At a clearing, the dog encounters cows and a chipmunk who shares a snack. Next, he meets a bluebird who tells him to ask the wise Mr. Great Horned Owl for directions, and the owl tells the pup to find a “magic window” in a nearby barn: “If your faith is strong, the magic window will take you home.” Buddy does so and is “lifted home” to his family. This adventurous tale will appeal to animal lovers and youngsters who are interested in outdoor exploration. Glennon’s accompanying photography enriches the story with beautiful, full-color nature scenes, including verdant forest landscapes, a pond, and more. Readers will love the images of the sweet-looking puppy protagonist and up-close photos of majestic wildlife.
A charming, whimsical story featuring exceptional nature photography.- Kirkus Reviews